Wings & Words of Hope Foundation was founded to carry forward the spirit of Joseph Finney of Juliette who passed away last May 31 after a long battle with throat cancer. Cheryl, his wife and partner for 32 years, shares the story of his faith in God and his spiritual strength that only grew stronger as he lost his physical strength.
Cheryl explains that the mission of Wings & Words of Hope Foundation is to uplift and encourage people in need and help find resources for them, especially youth and family care givers. She continued this mission by presenting checks to three college students on Friday, Jan. 8.
Cheryl said she became aware that because of the pandemic students had to leave campuses abruptly, which often caused financially hardship, including having to find somewhere to store their belongings. The week before Christmas she posted an invitation on the Foundation’s website for students to apply for an emergency scholarship. She asked that they write an essay of about 50 words explaining why they needed assistance.
The students selected are Terrica Zellner of Gordon State College, Mikayla Blalock of Middle Georgia State University and Ariel Fortson of Valdosta State University. Blalock is a 2020 graduate of Mary Persons.
“You have been selected to receive one of the emergency scholarships to give you a little financial relief during corvid pandemic,” Cheryl told the students. “We are proud of your academic pursuits and pray for God's continuous blessings upon you.”
The checks were presented at Cheryl’s home church, Glorious Hope Missionary Baptist in Macon. She said Wings & Words of Hope Foundation was able to give boxes to 15 families at Thanksgiving with the assistance of a church in Warner Robins and a couple who sent a check because they read her story. She said some of the recipients told her what a blessing the boxes were, which let Cheryl know Wings & Words of Hope is fulfilling the mission God has given it.